May 25, 2021

Eventually a parasite goes beyond the tolerable level of expropriation and triggers a violent reaction from the host. Taxation is robbery due to the threat of, or actual use of force involved in the taking. Most peasants lacked the means, training, or support to pose an existential threat to a ruling regime yet that did not prevent them from mounting occasional resistance.

Unfortunately, peasant uprisings typically resulted in harsh penalties, and for the leaders in particular. Those that make their living through taxation are compelled to make examples of resistance instigators so as to dissuade further revolts. Denying peasants access to weapons or moral support is part of the program of subjugation.

This is why the security of a free state necessitates a population that is armed, organized, and disciplined to actively execute the law, repel invasions, and suppress insurrections against constitutional order without reliance upon politicians or bureaucrats. (What is the militia? The whole body of the people except for a few public officials)

The right to resist taxation, regulation, and other encroachments upon private property is the American contribution to the political philosophy of liberty that began with the Magna Carta of 1215 (good for the lords, yet did little for commoners). There is still more refinement needed to make the contract for security and justice services more explicit, and specifically severable.

Studying history, like the English peasant revolt of 1381, is essential to understand the problems of political authority and the dangers of believing in the Divine Right to Rule. Hopefully, the next evolution of governance technology will not require violence.